T.A. Howard tops most-improved Arlington public middle schools

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How strong are the public middle schools in Arlington?

With a fresh school year kicking off, we analyzed newly released data from Niche.com — which include comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews — to identify those schools that made the biggest strides last year and those that lead their peers.

T.A. Howard Middle School's overall rating improved the most among similar schools in Arlington, rising from a B+ to an A-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 7501 Calender Road, enrolls 887 students. T.A. Howard Middle School serves a diverse population: 39% of students identify as black, 26% identify as Hispanic and 23% identify as white. Niche graded the school an A- for academics (on an A-D scale).

The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.

Academically, 85% of T.A. Howard Middle School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 82% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 76% in math and 73% in reading.

While some public middle schools in Arlington are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

Want more of the latest intel on Arlington schools? Hoodline also analyzed the latest Niche ratings for the city's public high schools.

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